The Orioles have stayed in it all year and lately the Yankees have struggled in these games. It will be close for sure. The Orioles will stay close and did what they did last night, only the offense could be a lot better
Orioles: Manny Machado and the offense to keep the Orioles in it
Yankees: Sabathia to keep the Yankees in it
Jason Hammel vs CC Sabathia Sabathia will have a decent outing no matter what and could be dominant like always, and he could have a start that is only a bit worse than Verlander did yesterday. He needs to keep control and o 6 strong at least and get the big outs and just have a normal CC game and be the ace that he is. PREDICTED LINE: 6.2 IP 3 ER 6 H 3 BB 7 K Hammel should surprise everyone and not be untouchable but play very well and he should overpower hitters and I don’t see him getting bombed or anything like that at all. Hammel is a good starter and should be starting this game for the Orioles
Line-Ups: The Orioles line-up is good and McLouth, Davis, Jones and Wieters could make some production and 3 RBIs at least,b ut I’d start Thome oer Ford even with a lefty. They have enough in their line-up to win though and guys like Machado or Reynolds could come up huge. Sitting Rodriguez is a questionable move for New York, I may have just started Chavez at DH and hit Rodriguez ninth. Regardless this offense is non-stop and tough, but they can be stopped and the O’s pitching has found a way to do that in some games this year.
This game is a complete toss-up and almost even. The Yankees have more talent but the Orioles are so good at taking advantage of things and playing well I wouldn’t be surprised either way, though I picked the O’s. It could be a classic postseason match-up. If the O’s do get eliminated I think they had a successful year and great postseason too.
Potential Hero: SP Jason Hammel or 2B Robinson Cano